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Ukrainian Su-27 Jet Blast Air Show Crowd

What Happened?

A Ukrainian Su-27 fighter jet hit an air show crowd with its jet blast at an Air Base in Belgium in Sept. 2019. Ground crews, crowds and fencing all went tumbling. Fortunately no injuries were reported.

The moment the Sukhoi’s jet blast hits the crowd

Watch It Happen

This is a fantastic illustration of the raw power of modern-day fighter jets. It’s easy to imagine the amount of thrust required to maneuver these birds as you’re watching them fly through the sky. But put them in a different context, like on the ground near a crowd or crew, and it really strikes the point home.

Take a look below as this high-performance aircraft makes a memorable impression on the crowd!

What would you do?

If you were in this position, enjoying an air show in great weather, with an up-close view of the Su-27 preparing for its demonstration. As the jet swings around, it comes to a stop. With a sudden WHOOSH, hot jet blast washes all around you, throwing grass and dirt and heat at you. How would you react?

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Fortunately with plenty of people in attendance, there are some great views of this surprising situation!

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F-15 Eagle First Time Landing in Ukraine

U.S. Airman watch as a U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter jet lands for the first time on Ukrainian soil to participate in CLEAR SKY 2018, Oct. 6. The exercise promotes regional stability and security, while strengthening partner capabilities and fostering trust. The training at CLEAR SKY greatly improves interoperability among participating countries. The F-15C landed at Starokostiantyniv Air Base where the majority of the multinational exercise involving approximately 950 personnel from nine nations will take place. ( U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Charles Vaughn)

U.S. Airman watch as a U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter jet lands for the first time on Ukrainian soil to participate in CLEAR SKY 2018, Oct. 6. The exercise promotes regional stability and security, while strengthening partner capabilities and fostering trust. The training at CLEAR SKY greatly improves interoperability among participating countries. The F-15C landed at Starokostiantyniv Air Base where the majority of the multinational exercise involving approximately 950 personnel from nine nations will take place. ( U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Charles Vaughn)

U.S. Airman watch as a U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter jet lands for the first time on Ukrainian soil to participate in CLEAR SKY 2018, Oct. 6. The exercise promotes regional stability and security, while strengthening partner capabilities and fostering trust. The training at CLEAR SKY greatly improves interoperability among participating countries. The F-15C landed at Starokostiantyniv Air Base where the majority of the multinational exercise involving approximately 950 personnel from nine nations will take place. ( U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Charles Vaughn)

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Not a Usual Sight: F-15 & a Backdrop of Su-27s

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to the 144th Fighter Wing, 194th Fighter Squadron, Fresno Air National Guard Base, California, taxis past Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-27 Flankers during the Clear Sky 18 exercise at Starokostiantyniv Air Base, Ukraine, Oct. 9, 2018. Clear Sky 18 promotes regional stability and security, while strengthening partner capabilities and fostering trust. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Charles Vaughn)

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to the 144th Fighter Wing, 194th Fighter Squadron, Fresno Air National Guard Base, California, taxis past Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-27 Flankers during the Clear Sky 18 exercise at Starokostiantyniv Air Base, Ukraine, Oct. 9, 2018. Clear Sky 18 promotes regional stability and security, while strengthening partner capabilities and fostering trust. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Charles Vaughn)

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to the 144th Fighter Wing, 194th Fighter Squadron, Fresno Air National Guard Base, California, taxis past Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-27 Flankers during the Clear Sky 18 exercise at Starokostiantyniv Air Base, Ukraine, Oct. 9, 2018. Clear Sky 18 promotes regional stability and security, while strengthening partner capabilities and fostering trust. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Charles Vaughn)